Jesus, the Revealer of Truth
Category : General
St. John 18: 37(KJV)
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
There was no sarcasm or disdain in this question else our Lord’s answer would have been different. Putting emphasis upon “thou,” his question betrays a mixture of surprise and uneasiness, partly at the possibility of there being, after all, something dangerous under the claim, and partly from a certain awe which our Lord’s demeanor probably struck into him.
This is, no doubt, a general sentiment; but it must be viewed in relation to the place which it holds in the present passage. The words mean, that it is natural for Christ to speak the truth; and, next, that he was sent for this purpose by the Father; and, consequently, that this is his peculiar office. There is no danger, therefore, that we shall be deceived by trusting Him, since it is impossible that He who has been commissioned by God, and whose natural disposition leads him to maintain the truth, shall teach anything that is not true.
Jesus does not here affirm that He was born to reign, or that this was the design of His coming; but it was to bear witness to and to exhibit the truth. By this He showed what was the nature of his kingdom. It was not to assert power; not to collect armies; not to subdue nations in battle. It was simply to present truth to men, and to exercise dominion only by the truth. Therefore, the only power put forth in restraining the wicked, in convincing the sinner, in converting the heart, in guiding and leading His people, and in sanctifying them, is that which is produced by applying truth to the mind. Let it be known that individuals are not forced or compelled to be Christians. They are made to see that they are sinners, condemn to everlasting punishment and to death, and that God is merciful, that they need a Redeemer, and that the Lord Jesus is fitted to their case, and yield themselves then wholly to His reign. This is all the power ever used in the kingdom of Christ, and no men in His church have a right to use any other.
What our heavenly King said of Himself, may be fitly applied to all His subjects; “For this end were ye born, and for this cause came ye into the world, that ye should bear witness unto the truth.” We are to be God’s witnesses in the world: “we are to be as lights,” and “as a city set on a hill.” Let it appear then that “the truth has made us free [John 8:32.].” Let it be seen in us, that truth will rectify, not only the errors of the mind, but the propensities of the heart; and that, when it is “mighty through God, it will bring every thought and desire into captivity to the obedience of Christ [2 Corinthians 10:4-5.]
Have a great and God filled day!